Saturday
Dec312016

January 2017 Special Entry

Happy New Year! I'm glad we are moving forward on this bright first day of January. The year of 2016 was certainly a year of change for the "Cactus Club." We will continue to change and plan to be stronger in 2017. Circumstances beyond our control will force us to forego a January meeting. The new Board hopes to have a planning meeting in mid-January to get things back on track. We're looking at a year full of exciting programs, a few outings, and events.

While we did not have a net growth in membership this year, a few new members were added and some of our former members trickled back into our meetings. The list of our current memberships is in the grueling Word Find puzzle passed out at the Holiday event. We also know that we lost one of our former members, Sam Valenti. Many of us remember him well and treasure the memories of his contributions and the way he ran those raffles! I especially treasure the visits Stan Korabell and I made together to Sam's home garden. This was the scene: three people in dirty jeans sitting on lawn chairs surrounded by little tools and buckets of dirt, sweat pouring.... while potting cuttings and offsets of everything. I'm not sure if the smiles and giggles outnumbered the "darns" and "ouches" we murmured every time we "got stuck."

We should take a little time to think about and acknowledge the programs we've enjoyed this year. Every meeting offered the opportunity to learn something new or different about gardening and friendships.

January: ML Robinson, Propagation and Grafting

 February: Dennis Swartzell, Tree Pruning

 

 

 

 

 March: Angela O'Callaghan, Small Garden Spaces 

 April: Jan Emming, Water Harvesting

 

 

 

 

 June: Summer Pot Luck, Hosted by Rick Holmes

 September: Stephenie Thomas, A Local's Outdoor Adventures

 

 October: Tom Glavich, Gasteria, Haworthia, other Succulent Monocots

 November: Eunice Thompson, Baja Outer Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

December: Annual Holiday Dinner, put together by Tina Bates, Susan Kent, Bob Middag, Phil Lawton, and Stephenie Thomas and family.

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And so, we start another year. December and January are especially wonderful for Cactus Gardeners. We have joyful bloomers in our collections every month of the year! Hopefully we've all done the "Cactus Rap" and the plants are wrapped or we've jostled them to shelter. The cold rain is so very harmful to the root structures of the cactus that remain in the ground or pots too large to carry. At my home, we have not had hail or sleet (yet). That at least means that the plants that are not wrapped so far will not be blemished. We all have had or still have Schlumbergera blooming indoors.  I'm seeing some CRAZY Superbus Penstemon and Aloe sporting a few blooms. Even crazier, I have a few slender "white" spine cereus cactus that must have a southern hemisphere fixation. Yep they are starting to bloom. These plants were purchased in 6" pots from our dear friend and supporter Cliff Meng at least 10 years ago. Some of them are 3+' tall now and are clustering smaller ones at the base! Another bloomer in my yard right now is  Lonicera x americana 'Pam's Pink' (Pam's Pink Honeysuckle.) This desert adapted shrub was introduced to me by Schilling Horticulture and Mountain States Wholesale Nursery (a favorite of our speakers). This is  a  nice shrub that can be trellised or left to form a sizeable shelter for birds. The blossoms are aromatic and hummingbirds as well as plant lovers are drawn to it especially early in the morning. Try one in your desert garden!

We look forward to seeing each other again in February! Until then, email updates and photos about your gardens and adventures to cactussucculentsociety.s.nevada@gmail.com, or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cactus-and-Succulent-Society-of-Southern-Nevada/105150121735

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2017-2018 Officers: Jay Nietling, President; Stephanie Thomas and Victor Lindsey,Co- Vice Presidents; Vicki Yuen, Treasurer; VACANT, Secretary. At large board members: President Pro Tem: Susan Kent, NGCI Interface: Bob Middag, and others to be appointed by the Board.

Saturday
Nov262016

DECEMBER SPECIAL ENTRY

Members please watch your email for a special December 1 announcement.

The Vice Presidents assure me that we will be back on our regular meeting schedule in January on the 5th.

We wish that we "plant and desert people" emerge from the political fray we've had this year and get back to plants and the desert!

We hope everyone has enjoyed a Thanksgiving in your own tradition, and we wish a safe and warm holiday season to one and all.

Go for a hike on Christmas Day! It's invigorating! (Christmas Tree Pass?)

Sunday
Oct302016

CSSSN Nov. 3 Meeting: Speaker: Eunice Thompson: The Chihuahan Desert Biosphere

The meeting is Thursday, November 3, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; (Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 4:30 PM THIS MEETING ONLY IF YOU CAN). The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. SPEAKER WILL TAKE THE MICROPHONE NO LATER THAN 7:10 PM. Bring snacks if convenient. Since the topic is about Chihuahan plant material, maybe a little "Tex-Mex, or New Mexico" snacks would be most appropriate! Anybody have some Hatch Chiles?

Prior to the program, some business items and announcements will be reviewed. Hopefully Thomas Bohannon will be around to review and thank those that participated in the Moon-Sun Show and Sale. Vicki will be there to give us a review of the NGCI Show. She will announce who received the People's Choice Award in the photo class! Following that,  this segment of our Education Series focuses on understanding what plants and the climate and soil conditions of the lovely area of the Chihuahan Desert!

The Speaker and Topic: Eunice Thompson "The Chihuahan Desert Biosphere"

Eunice Thompson is a long time friend of CSSSN. She was introduced to the organization by Victor Lindsey, one of our loyal members and one of our two newly elected Vice Presidents for the 2017-2018 term. Eunice has gained tremendous knowledge of plants over the years. She is very active in several of the California C&S societies, and is well known in the CSSA. She's travelled through many of the world deserts, and even leads some travel expeditions. (When they occur, you may be able to "buy a seat" and go along. I encourage all of you to do so that can. YOU WILL HAVE A BLAST! and you can give us a first hand report on the joys of travelling around with other "Plant Heads.")

Her topic, The Chihuahan Desert Biosphere describes the desert encompassing Big Bend National Park in Texas and extending into the valley of Cuatrocienegas, in central Coahuila, Mexico. This vast geographic region gives home to the greatest number of endemic species of any place in North America. She will describe and show the many desert plants in native habitat in Big Bend and the areas along the Rio Grande. Another region in the Chihuahan Desert that is home to a myriad of plants is Cuatrocienagas. The diversity of plants in each of these regions very high,  and some plants are similar in multiple regions. Just as we study and admire the plants in a garden, the talk will allow us to study and admire the plants as they ‘Live on The Edge.’ (Photo credits as noted and from internet not bearing copyrights.

   

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: The November plant of the month mirrors the Speaker's topic to some extent. The two Vice Presidents have paired up to supply the plants. While most of the plants will be outdoor landscape plants, the smaller plant sizes in the raffle may be suitable for the brightly lit windowsill this winter. ASK THE EXPERTS: VICTOR AND STEPHENIE AND EUNICE! Please come prepared to ravage the raffle.         

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES TAKES A BREAK: December will be devoted to celebrating another CSSSN year. Starting back up in January, the VP(s) go back into the saddle and are responsible for programs. We hope they are feverishly attempting to quickly book all of 2017. Follow the programs monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material. Please let us know what you want to learn, who you want as a speaker, and what you want to do! IT IS YOUR CLUB AND YOUR TIME!Outings, Trips, Gatherings and Projects

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

NGCI Youth Program needs volunteers and donations. Contact Aleta via email at aletainlv@cox.net.

More native or near native plants need to be propagated. Contact Stephenie for "how to lessons."

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2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton and Thomas Bohannon. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Tech Set-Up. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

Tuesday
Sep202016

CSSSN Oct. 6 Meeting: Speaker: Tom Glavich: Beginner's Guide to Gasteria, Haworthia, Agave and other Succulent Monocots

The meeting is Thursday, October 6, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; (Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:15 PM). The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. SPEAKER WILL TAKE THE MIC NO LATER THAN 7:10 PM. Bring snacks if convenient. Since Agave is on the agenda, perhaps a little Agave sweetener would work or bananas or anything with aloe in it!

Prior to the program, some business items and announcements will be reviewed. Most importantly, candidates for the 2017 officers will be announced and elections will follow. This will provide for a two month training period before officially taking office in January. Other agenda items include the meeting day and time, Moon-Sun + NGCI Show including PHOTOS, and the CSSA Archive Project. Following that,  this segment of our Education Series focuses on growing monocots! This is not a botany class, but a "HOW TO GROW" class.

The Speaker and Topic: Thomas Glavich "Beginner's Guide To Gasteria, Haworthia, Agave and other Succulent Monocots"

Tom Glavich is a long time grower of succulents, particularly Haworthia and Gasteria. He is the author of the Beginner's Guide to Gasteria, Haworthia, Agave and other Succulent Monotocts, one of the co-chairs of the Inter-City Cactus and Succulent show held at the LA Arboretum each August, and a member of the board of directors of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. His long time dedicated work with the CSSA and affiliates deserves GOLD RIBBON recognition. We are fortunate to have him join us. 

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: The October plant of the month mirrors the Speaker's topic.  While some of these plants (Agave and many Aloe) make outstanding bold statements in the landscape, there are others that are perfectly suited to the interiors of our homes and certainly adorn greenhouses nicely. While, as your outgoing President, I'm in the necessary position of reducing my collection, you have no idea how excited I am to see the plants brought in for auction or sale. I may even divert my "beverage money" to RAFFLE TICKE purchases! People, come with deeply loaded  pockets!(Contributions to this raffle from the speaker and potentially a couple of the officers or members.)

 

          

Photos above are from the web and not copyrighted. From the left: Gasteria sp, Gaster-aloe Green Ice, Haworthia, Sansevieria assortment.

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: November we'll see Eunice Thompson again. December will be an informal Pot Luck, but a puzzle or so and a photo show of lots of many things many of you have not seen will cycle throughout the evening. The VP(s) are responsible for programs. They are feverishly attempting to quickly book all of 2017. Follow the programs monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material. Please let us know what you want to learn, who you want as a speaker, and what you want to do! IT IS YOUR CLUB AND YOUR TIME!Outings, Trips, Gatherings and Projects

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

 October 8: NGCI Fall Conference (all CSSSN members invited) registration required; check your email.

October 15 & 16: Moon-Sun Cactus & Koi Sale. Show: EVERYONE BRING SOMETHING TO SHOW AND/OR HELP! Volunteers needed. If we don't support AND PROMOTE this twice a year event, the club will not be sustainable.

October 29 & 30: NGCI Fall Show. The standard flower show is the mainstay of NGCI. A new trial UNJUDGED class will be photographs. Plants must be the dominant feature. Prints must by 5" x &' with a black 8" x 10" mat. CSSSN IS FURNIGHING MATS!  There will be a People's Choice ribbon award. The usual entry card for all NGCI entries must accompany the photo. They will be clipped to netting of some sort for display.

NGCI Youth Program needs volunteers and donations. Contact Aleta via email at aletainlv@cox.net.

More native or near native plants need to be propagated. Contact Stephenie for "how to lessons."

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2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton and Thomas Bohannon. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Tech Set-Up. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

 

Saturday
Aug272016

CSSSN Sept. 1 Meeting: Speaker: Stephenie Thomas: A Local's Desert and Cactus Adventures

The meeting is Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; (Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:00 PM). The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. SPEAKER WILL TAKE THE MIC NO LATER THAN 7:10 PM. 

Prior to the program, some business items including candidates for officers in 2017 will ensue. Then, this segment of our Education Series focuses on Stephenie's view of "Outdoor Nevada" and "cactus show trooping." 

The Speaker and Topic: Stephenie Thomas "Local Desert and Cactus Adventures"

While she and a few of her friends and family have not been able to explore the desert as often as in years past, they've still amassed some interesting photos. Perhaps we'll see Cold Creek, Kyle Canyon, and areas around Lake Mead. Stephenie travelled to some of the major out of state cactus and succulent shows and sales as well. A few photos from those excursions will likely make the big screen, too. I'm sure she's full of comments to accompany all of this. Expect to see Cold Creek, Kyle Canyon, Lake Mead, the Huntington, or LA Arboretum.

 

      

Outings, Trips, Gatherings and Projects

August 31 at 1:00 PM: NGCI Affiliate President's meeting and ROSE GARDEN CLEAN-UP (volunteers from all clubs sought)

October 8: NGCI Fall Conference (all CSSSN members invited) registration required; check your email.

  October 15 & 16: Moon-Sun Cactus & Koi Sale. Show? Sale volunteers needed.

 

October 29 & 30: NGCI Fall Show. The standard flower show is the mainstay of this event. A new trial UNJUDGED class will be photographs. Plants must be the dominant feature. Prints must by 5" x &' with a black 8" x 10" mat. There will be a People's Choice award. The usual entry card for all NGCI entries must accompany the photo. They will be clipped to netting of some sort for display.

NGCI Youth Program needs volunteers and donations. Contact Aleta via email at aletainlv@cox.net.

More native or near native plants need to be propagated. Contact Stephenie for "how to lessons."

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: October's program will feature Tom Glavich and his publication through CSSA..."Beginners Guide to....." November we'll see Eunice Thompson again. December will be an informal Pot Luck, but a puzzle or so and a photo show of lots of many things many of you have not seen will cycle throughout the evening. The VP(s) are responsible for programs. They are feverishly attempting to quickly book all of 2017. Follow the programs monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material. Please let us know what you want to learn!

            

 

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: The September plant of the month mirrors the April Plant(s) of the Month featuring several low water use native plants of our local desert(s). Put a little color in the landscape and give the birds and bees and moths something good to feast upon. Buy a handful of tickets and have fun growing your collection and using your outdoor space. (Contributions to this raffle from a couple of the officers, Victor Lindsey, and Moon Sun.)

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton and Thomas Bohannon. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.